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NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

STARTTS in Schools

STARTTS in Schools Report 2021

STARTTS In Schools works in collaboration with schools across NSW to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of students with refugee experience. STARTTS in Schools consists of the following 4 main components listed below.

1. School Liaison Program

STARTTS School Liaison Program works with educators across NSW public, private and Catholic systemic schools to enhance schools’ capacity in their work with students with refugee experience. The program operates in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education and the Association of Independent Schools NSW. The School Liaison Program also offers:

  • Interagency collaboration with school leaders and collegial networks to address refugee students’ needs in different geographical locations across NSW.
  • A specialist consulting service to schools across NSW. Please contact Rachelle Coe, School Liaison Team Leader (Acting) on 9646 6700 or by email.
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2. Clinical Services for Children and Young People

STARTTS Child and Adolescent Counsellors and Neurofeedback Counsellors work therapeutically with students either at school or at STARTTS clinics.

These interventions utilise different approaches including play therapy, sand tray, music and art therapy, and are provided to a range of age groups from infants to adolescents and includes work with parents.

A range of group work interventions are also provided including the innovative Jungle Tracks program which uses storytelling to help children work through their trauma experience.

3. Youth Program

STARTTS Youth Workers work with high school aged students and young adults through group work (such as Sporting Linx, Capoeira) and Youth Camps).

4. Families in Cultural Transition (FICT)

Families in Cultural Transition (FICT) is ten-week series of workshops designed to help newly arrived people from refugee backgrounds make sense of the changes that they and their family members may be experiencing as they transition to their new life in Australia.  It can be delivered to parents and guardians at schools.

Theoretical Frameworks Underpinning the STARTTS in Schools Program

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